Smith had a miserable night in the 107-94 loss to the Celtics, failing to provide the secondary scoring the Cavaliers needed beyond LeBron James and Kevin Love, missing all seven shots with zero points as the Cavaliers' drop 2-0 in the Eastern Conference finals.
Thankfully, the Celtics center wasn't hurt badly on the play and was able to quickly get back up but that didn't stop his teammate Marcus Smart coming to his defence as he took exception to the foul.
He looked quite miffed as the officials watched replays before ultimately determining that Smith would be assessed a Flagrant 1.
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"That's not the first time JR has done some dirty stuff, especially playing against us", he said. He's known for it, especially playing against us. Keep letting the bully keep picking on you, and he's going to keep picking on you.
While the spat between the two players was quickly resolved, the raucous crowd in Boston's TD Garden picked up where Smart left off. He can't control how his body goes. "That's not why I'm here", Smith said, per ESPN's Dave McMenamin.
Horford, who's shooting 80 percent from the line, shook off the hard foul and went onto make both free throws once again after evading a potential injury.
"Fortunately, from my position, I get to play physical pretty much most of the game". "They can chant and scream all they want, it actually makes me feel better about myself".
Horford, who scored eight points in a 90-second span to ice the game, told reporters, "I felt like it was uncalled for, that type of play there, but that's the one thing about the group of our guys".